May 08, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas – United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan '87, who served as a co-captain of the Harvard men's basketball team during the 1986-87 season, headlines the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Hall of Fame Induction Class.
Duncan is joined in this Academic All-America Hall of Fame class by fellow inductees Alvan Adams (Oklahoma men's basketball), Ruth Riley (Notre Dame women's basketball), John Naber (Southern California men's swimming) and Dr. Todd Olsen (Slippery Rock men's soccer). The five inductees join 117 members of the Capital One Academic All-America Hall of Fame, which was created in 1988.
They will be inducted into the Academic All-America Hal of Fame at CoSIDA's annual convention in St. Louis, Mo., on Monday, June 25 at the organization's Third Annual Capital One Special Awards Gala.
Duncan, who received the 2010 Robert Coles "Call of Service" Award by the Phillips Brooks House Association at Harvard, was Harvard's leading scorer as a senior, averaging 16.9 points per game, while garnering All-Ivy League honorable mention. He earned Academic All-America first-team honors that year, and after graduating magna cum laude with a degree in sociology, Duncan continued his playing career in Australia's National Basketball League, most notably with the Melbourne Eastside Spectres.
After returning home to the United States, Duncan was appointed as director of the nonprofit Ariel Education Initiative in Chicago in 1992, and was named the Deputy Chief of Staff in the Chicago Public Schools in 1999. Two years later, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley tabbed Duncan as the Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Public Schools.
Duncan served as the Superintendent of Chicago Public Schools from 2001-2009 until he was appointed by fellow Chicagoan and Harvard alumnus, President Barack Obama, as the ninth United States Secretary of Education. During his tenure in the U.S. cabinet, Duncan has helped to secure congressional support for President Obama's investments in education, including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's $100 billion to fund 325,000 teaching jobs and the largest investment in federal student aid since the G.I. Bill.
In addition, under his guidance, the Department of Education has supported a national effort of bold reforms through the Race to the Top and the Investing in Innovation programs and has made numerous and unprecedented commitments to turn around underperforming schools and school districts.